Something beautiful happens when August tip toes into September. Long, hot summer days draw to a close and give way to the shorter brisk days of fall. Technically speaking, fall does not begin until September 22nd, but the first day of September usually announces fall's impending return with the smell of pumpkin spice lattes.
I'll admit that I'm not the biggest fan of the original pumpkin spice latte, but there's just something about the smell of pumpkin spice and the thought of pumpkin everything that brings me joy. In fact, today I made pumpkin mac and cheese for dinner and pumpkin pop tarts for dessert. The taste and smell of pumpkin brings back a lot of memories of beautiful fall days, and it makes me praise God for making something so delicious and with "smelly-goodness".
As I've been thanking God for pumpkin and pumpkin spice and the return of a such a beautiful season, I stumbled upon an article called "Thank You Jesus for the Smell of Pumpkin Spice." If you too like the smell of pumpkin spice, you will enjoy reading this article about how our sense of smell can lead us to worship God.
"I was struck by the significance of smell to the human experience. God created our bodies not to restrict us, but to allow us to experience him and his creation physically as well as spiritually. No wonder so many church traditions include an aspect of the olfactory experience in worship or contemplation. Do this to remember me, Jesus says, over the table. We smell, we taste: yes, Lord, we remember. With our whole selves, we remember."
Check out the rest of the article: Thank You Jesus for the Smell of Pumpkin Spice
We can find glimpses of God's grace in something as simple as being able to smell wonderful smells. Want to find glimpses of God's grace and kingdom in the ordinary and everyday? Subscribe to receive new posts from this blog via email below.
"Meditate on Jesus, who is the ultimate meditation of God. Look at him loving you. Look at him dying for you. Look at him rejoicing in you. Look at him singing over you (Zephaniah 3:17). Look at all that, and he will be a delight to you, and then the law will be a delight to you, and you will be like a tree planted by streams of water. You'll bear your fruit in season, and no matter what will happen, your leaf will not wither."
Tim Keller from Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
Here are some links for your weekend. I hope they encourage and bless you abundantly.
Miraculous In The Mundane
I'm learning a lot about seeing the miraculous in the ordinary and everyday moments of life.
What Would God Say to Your Anxiety
This is for my friends and for myself - as we struggle with anxiety, there is a God who is sovereign over our circumstances.
Take This Slowly
This song is connected to the post above, but a great song focused on trusting God in the midst of unforeseen circumstances.
How True Change Happens
True change can happen, and here's how.
One Very Good Reason To Read Your Bible
Who are you reading your Bible for?
"Could it be possible we have it wrong? Maybe success isn't in believing I can do anything but in knowing I can do nothing. My limits - those things I wish were different about myself - are perhaps not holding me back but are pointing me forward to pay attention to my small, eight-foot assignment."
Emily P. Freeman from Simply Tuesday
Some good reads that I'm loving for you to read and enjoy too.
Don't Despise Small Beginnings
"God begins with faith the size of a mustard seed. Don’t despise the day of small things. Keep praying and encouraging and hoping."
The Six Main Arcs In Storytelling, As Identified By an A.I
All of these Arcs can be found in the narrative of the Bible.
A Love That Never Ceases
"We aren't promised perfect lives without suffering. But we are promised a love that never ceases. A Love that offers mercy and grace every single day."
What Does It Mean to #LiveBoldly?
I haven't had a chance to see Me Before You yet, but I've read a lot of reviews. This young man does a great job unveiling the layers of lies that this movie projects about the value of life for those that are disabled.
8 Ways to Cultivate a More Restful Home
Leaving this here for a reminder to read again and again. Helpful tips.
Something I enjoy doing is connecting people to others. My blog follows suit. I love using this space to connect you to the blogs and bloggers that I enjoy as well as the things I'm reading that I can't help but share. So here are a few new finds:
The Christian Faith of Jane Austen - Michael A. G. Haykin
I'm a big fan of Jane Austen, but I never put two and two together that she was a Christian and that her faith plays out in the morality of her characters.
The Secret to Becoming a Woman Who Laughs - Bless Your Heart and Home
I recently discovered this blog, and this is one of the first posts that I viewed. This woman's post about her grandmother perfectly sums up the focus of my blog and it's beautiful to read the story about a woman that feared God.
Take Up Your Cross: Live a Balanced Life - Ajith Fernando
I struggle with living a balanced life, and it often feels like the cross that God calls me to bear. Is a balanced life a cross that God is calling you to bear too?
5 Lessons I Didn't Learn From Pre-Marital Counseling - Erin Davis
Lessons that I'm learning as well.
Women, Trade Self-Worth for Awe and Wonder - Jen Wilkin
"Our primary problem as Christian women is not that we lack self-worth, not that we lack a sense of significance or purpose. It’s that we lack awe."
To All The Nice Girls
Some encouragement from my friend at Go Giver Collective to all of the nice girls that often hear words that discourage them from being kind.
Shrugging At God
"It's easy to forget that, apart from Christ, I also was an enemy of God. "
Convicting and encouraging post from Escape Escapism.
Book Review: Under Our Skin
Another great post from Escape Escapism. Tucking this away here as a reminder to read it later.
Redeemed Hearts Should Be Others Focused Hearts
"There are two kinds of people—the self-centered and the others-centered."
The Wonder of Oneness
Messy love story + becoming one in marriage = the wonders of God making two people one in marriage.
A Prayer For A Hopeful Vision
Thank you Father for never leaving us alone.
Happy Leap Day 2016!
Here are some links I've been lovin'
The Illusion of Control
A great post by my friend and co-worker Zack over at Escape Escapism. It's so easy to believe that we're in control, until the fascade breaks.
You're Not David
"We often run to the hero of the story, because we too often think the bible is about us and our victory. But we're not the central figure. It's not about us. It's about Jesus. Jesus is the hero." Another great post over at Escape Escapism.
I Dream in Blue
A little local band I discovered from Lancaster, PA. Loving this song by them right now. If you like bluegrass, this is a band for you!
Redeeming the Time in a Season of "Ugh"
I'm not in one of these seasons, but super helpful to tuck away.
Fanny Crosby: Her Story, Her Song
I love that Revive Our Hearts is doing these new series on women of faith. And this one by Fanny Crosby is encouraging.
Let's be honest, it's difficult to remember all of things that we want to pray about. If we don't write down the things we want to pray about or for, they can get lost in the mush between our ears. That's why I use and love an app called Echo. It's a prayer app and it's pretty helpful and simple to use.
Echo is an easy and helpful tool to keep track of prayers. It's also helpful for staying focused on a specific prayer while praying. The website says, "Echo exists to help you pray." And it does just that.
If you want to learn more or download Echo, you can visit the website for the app here. It's available to download for iPhones and Androids. Download and get praying!
I've really been appreciating Tim Lane's marriage series based off of the book The Seven Principles For Making Marriages Work by John Gottman. I'm not even married yet, and these posts have been encouraging and insightful. Whether you're married or you want to be married one day, these are great nuggets to store in your brain arsenal.
Four Things to Help Overcome Gridlock in Your Marriage
Two Things You Need When You Disagree With Your Spouse
The Most Important Ingredient to Improve Your Marriage
Four Things That Could Be Hurting Your Marriage This Year
Four Pillars For a Lasting Marriage
As Tim Lane adds more posts, I'll add them to this list. My guess is that there will be seven since the book covers seven principles.
I Thought I Was Good at Communicating... And Then I Got Married
This is a great post from my sweet friend Chelsea from Go Giver Collective.
Women of the Word
My current read, and I love it! Such an excellent little book about how the study the Bible. If you struggle with reading the Bible or feel like you don't know how to ready the Bible, this is a good place to start as well as this book. Review of the book to follow.
Make a DIY Wall Hanging: Start with a Mop
This post by the Nester is genius, and made me want to make a wall hanging out of materials I have laying around.
The Most Important Ingredient to Improve Your Marriage
I'm not even married yet, and this post was encouraging and helpful.
So many of you know that I studied film, but the area of my studies that I loved the most was alternative filmmaking and animation. I'm so tickled by this animated series called Theo Presents, which is where Theo presents theology in helpful ways that even children can understand.
Shalom! I'm Madi, a laughter-loving, movie-going, spontaneous-dancing, follower of Christ. Join me as I seek glimpses of God's grace in the ordinary and everyday.
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